02Aug/19

Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated to Add Several Hundred New Jobs at its Lakeland Facility

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Lakeland, Florida (August 02, 2019) – Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (SYKES) continues to show its commitment to operate in the Lakeland region with an exciting announcement in growth at its Lakeland facility. Headquartered in nearby Tampa, Florida, SYKES provides customer engagement services for many Fortune 500 companies. The Company has operated a Lakeland facility for the past 20 years, but has made significant investments in 2019, including new leadership, new clients, higher wages and a fresh focus on workplace culture and morale.

The Lakeland center welcomed a new site director, Kate Thurgood, in April. Relocating from Colorado, Thurgood first prioritized building relationships with employees, increasing pay rates across roles, and enhancing the company’s 92,231-square-foot center on Griffin Road.

“We’ve taken a fresh look at the layout, furniture and overall design to ensure our space resembles our vision and is a welcoming, vibrant place that our employees can be proud of,” said Thurgood.

SYKES secured two new client contracts this year, now supporting a total of five clients at their Lakeland facility. The new additions will mean hiring several hundred new employees by the end of the year, including customer service and sales positions.

 

For More Information:

Dana Wiederman

Director, Regional Communications and Public Relations, Sykes Enterprises Incorporated

813-468-7481, dana.wiederman@sykes.com

http://www.sykes.com

01Aug/19

SPCA Florida Kennel Shortage Solved With Life-Saving Donation from Banfield Pet Hospital®

SPCA Florida received a call that most shelters would love to get; a donation of free kennels.

On Wednesday, July 24th, SPCA Florida received a critical donation from Banfield Pet Hospital®, the nation’s largest general veterinary practice: 21 gently-used kennels that were previously utilized at Banfield’s Brandon-Riverview location. “We could not have asked for a better lifesaving gift, said SPCA Florida Executive Director, Shelley Thayer.  “We’ve been swimming in kittens and were brainstorming how to find cages to house the overwhelming numbers coming in from foster care. This timely news solved our problem!”
With Polk County being in the height of kitten season, housing for incoming and returning foster care kittens is in great demand.  Once returning foster care kittens are spayed or neutered, they are ready for adoption; however due to space limitations on the adoption floor, transition housing is needed.

“We are thrilled to hear our Kennel Donation Program is having such a positive impact on the pets being cared for by SPCA Florida,” said Anthony Guerrieri, Banfield’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “Last year alone, more than 55,000 pets benefitted from Banfield’s donated kennels, and we are proud that number now includes SPCA Florida’s kittens. Together, we are keeping kennels out of landfills, providing life-saving resources to a community partner and helping bring our purpose to life – A Better World for Pets.”

SPCA Florida is asking for financial, foster, and adoption support. To help, go online at www.spcaflorida.org and donate, foster or check out our available dogs and cats.

About Banfield Pet Hospital®
Banfield Pet Hospital was founded in Portland, Ore. in 1955 and today is the largest general veterinary practice in the United States with more than 1,000 hospitals in 42 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. More than 3,600 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high-quality veterinary care to over three million pets annually. As part of the Mars, Inc. family of brands, Banfield is committed to its purpose—A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS®—because pets make a better world for us.

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in the community, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 6,000 homeless animals entering our doors each year. Open to the public, our McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.

31Jul/19

SPCA Florida Rent A Dog Program Expanded Days

Interested in a doggie date?  SPCA Florida has expanded the days for the Rent A Dog Program to seven days a week.

Dogs of all shapes, sizes, and ages will be “rented” (no charge) to those wanting to participate. This allows the dogs to interact with faces and spaces outside of the adoption center and give the dogs more exposure with potential adopters. Families and students who cannot foster or adopt an animal have an opportunity to interact with a dog and plan a fun, safe adventure for their “rented” friend.

These dogs are pre-selected by kennel staff and stated in the dog’s bio will confirm which canine is available for the Rent A Dog Program.  Participants and doggie date will enjoy a 3-4-hour outing. Pick-up and drop-off times vary depending on the shift.

To view available dogs for the Rent A Dog Program, please visit https://www.spcaflorida.org/rentadog/

For more information or questions, please contact us at Rentadog@spcaflorida.org

SPCA Florida is asking for financial, foster, and adoption support. To help, go online at www.spcaflorida.org and donate, foster or check out our available dogs and cats.

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in the community, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 6,000 homeless animals entering our doors each year. Open to the public, our McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.

31Jul/19

U.S. News & World Report Rates Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center Among Florida’s Top Hospitals

Lakeland, Fla. – The trusted consumer resource and publication U.S. News & World Report named Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center among its top Florida hospitals as part of its annual Best Hospital Rankings, released Tuesday.

Out of 269 Florida hospitals listed in the Best Regional Hospital listing, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center earned a spot among the top 25 in the state and was recognized as High Performing in the following four areas: Colon Cancer Surgery, Knee Replacement, Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

“Our physicians, nurses and Medical Center team work diligently each day to deliver the best outcomes and safest care to our patients and their families,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, President, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center/Chief Medical Officer, Lakeland Regional Health. “We are dedicated to constantly evaluating and innovating ways to offer such a high level of care to our community.”

About Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center is Florida’s fifth largest hospital. Founded in 1916 as Morrell Memorial Hospital, this 864-bed, comprehensive tertiary referral hospital operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine. The Medical Center holds high-level accreditations for its Certified Comprehensive Center and Chest Pain Center. Three hybrid operating rooms and a catheterization lab offer patients the least invasive surgeries possible and enhanced safety. The Medical Center is home to the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department and handles over 3,200 trauma patients annually.

30Jul/19

Star of NBC’s “This Is Us” Visiting Lakeland Saturday for Meet ’n Greet and to Shine a Light on Foster Care

(LAKELAND, FLA.) – Lyric Ross, the actress who stars as Deja in the Emmy-award winning TV series “This Is Us,” is visiting the International Headquarters of FBCH and One More Child in Lakeland on Saturday for a Meet ’n Greet with fans and to shine a light on the great need for foster parents who will welcome teens into their home.

Beginning at 10 a.m., guests will have the opportunity to enjoy free refreshments, participate in kid-friendly activities and meet one of America’s most beloved young actresses.

Ross has brought crucial awareness to the plight of teens in foster care as a character in the TV drama that won a Primetime Emmy in 2018 for “Outstanding Drama Series.”

One More Child met the needs of nearly 1,500 children through foster care last year and licenses foster parents and provides support and resources for foster families.

People should RSVP for this free event at https://onemorechild.org/events/foster-event-rsvp/.

 MEET ‘N GREET DETAILS:

August 3, 10 a.m.

One More Child International Headquarters

1015 Sikes Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33815

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